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New Orleans officials are asking the public for help in finding the gunman who killed two people and injured five others in a weekend drive-by shooting. Police have made some progress in the investigation.

Two small children are among the wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Lower 9th Ward.

New Orleans police say two teenagers were killed and five people injured when shots were fired from a passing car at a home at the 5400 block of Burgundy Street around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Relatives tell Nola.com/the Times-Picayune that one of the two injured toddlers was shot in the head. One man and an 18-year-old woman were killed at the scene.

Teen Tries To Sell Sneakers On Instagram, Gets Robbed

Aug 5, 2014
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A teenager from Gretna attempted to use the photo-sharing service Instagram to sell pairs of Air Jordan athletic shoes, and was robbed at gunpoint by his would-be buyers.

Kenner Police Sergeant Brian McGregor said today the 17-year-old victim advertised the sneakers for $160 on Instagram and on Kik, an instant messaging application for smartphones. When the victim showed up to meet a potential buyer Saturday, five people showed up.

Former City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt Loses Appeal

Jul 31, 2014
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Former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt has lost a bid for a new trial.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that federal judge Ivan Lemelle ruled Wednesday that jurors were not "tainted in any way" by a former federal prosecutor who posted online inflammatory comments about the proceedings.

She was convicted in 2011 of racketeering.

Gill Pratt's attorney says he will appeal the decision.

The ruling paves the way for Gill Pratt to begin serving a federal prison sentence she has managed to put off for several years.

Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office

A New Orleans Police officer has been placed on emergency suspension after attempting to strike a man with her vehicle, the department announced today in a press release.

33-year-old Stephanie Caldwell was arrested Sunday after a verbal and physical altercation with a 47-year-old man in the 1700-block of North Broad Street at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Police say Caldwell attempted to strike the man with her vehicle, and when the man ran westbound on North Broad she pursued him, driving against traffic on North Broad and Onzaga streets.

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On a per-capita basis, Louisiana leads the nation in the number of people behind bars. A diverse group of business and religious leaders have come together to support laws that could lower the state’s incarceration rates.

In this latest installment of the continuing WWNO and WYES series on criminal justice reform, Marcia Kavanaugh looks into how the Louisiana Smart on Crime initiative fared in this past legislative session.

Murder Suspect Arrested In Texas; 3 Children Safe

Jul 14, 2014

A suburban New Orleans man wanted in death of a woman found bludgeoned to death in her bathtub has been arrested in Texas and the three children he disappeared with have been found.

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies say in a news release 43-year-old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, of Metairie, was arrested in a trailer park in Katy, Texas, late Sunday night. He faces a second-degree murder charge.

Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff's office spokesman, says his three children who were with him at the time of his arrest are safe.

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New Orleans has turned a major corner with the sentencing of former Mayor Ray Nagin. One political observer says the story speaks to the city’s battle against corruption.

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Former two-term New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. The jail time is half of what prosecutors wanted.

Updated at 11:20 a.m. ET

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other crimes.

He was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The indictment included 21 counts.

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